Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We finished reviewing 3 paragraphs the student had written on Animal Farm and Karl Marx. Afterwards we worked on organizing an outline for the comparison of the Three Gorges Dam and the Nile's Aswan High Dam."
"This session was dedicated to helping the student finish an English class writing assignment on War of the Worlds."
"We first discussed the outcome of the student's final exam for English -- he did very well in the literature/ essay portion of his test, but did struggle with the grammar and mechanics section, so this is a task that we will continue to work on over the course of the summer. The majority of our session was devoted to an extra credit poetry writing assignment. He was asked to write a haiku, a diamante poem (a concrete poem in the shape of a diamond), and an 8-line poem employing rhyme. I went over the generalities of these poetic forms with him , their history, and gave him some examples of free-verse and formal verse poems (a Shakespeare sonnet and a free-verse poem by Saskia Hamilton). He then began to work on the poems themselves. After brainstorming and freewriting clusters of words and images -- and, in the case of the poem employing rhyme scheme, groups of words that rhymed together -- he wrote each poem. He seemed to enjoy the exercise, especially when I encouraged him and told him that, in poetry, there wasn't such a thing as a "mistake." Once it seemed to click with him that his imagination and ear was his guide, he seemed excited by writing them."
"Today the student finished her 4-page paper. She wrote the conclusion paragraph, tweaked the introduction paragraph, came up with a title, and proofread the paragraphs to make sure the verb tense was consistent throughout. We consulted the professor's rubric when finalizing the paper."
"Today the student and I continued working on her online English course. We reviewed some rhetorical devices and examples, and I assisted her with some formatting struggles on some of her previous assignments. We also worked on an assignment dealing with foreign phrases used in literature, and she came up with several examples for an assignment. She is doing well!"
"Today the student and I covered emotions, transition words, and soccer vocabulary. We also discussed when to use present tense and present continuous tense. I am focusing on words and phrases he will need to understand and communicate in his environment and everyday conversations. He understands the concepts and is very bright. He just needs to absorb the vocabulary through practice. He has a great attitude and a skill for picking up on the meaning of phrases. I left him with a writing assignment for Thursday to reinforce today's concepts: transition words, sports vocabulary, and present and present continuous tenses."